General Questions

What's the difference between a Free account & a Gold Membership?

With a Free membership, kids can play live chess. It also allows them to sample our puzzles (up to 5 per day), access beginner content and read our articles. Gold Membership allows full, unlimited access to the entire ChessKid.com site and unlocks all of the ChessKid educational features: all of our...

What's the difference between ChessKid.com & Chess.com?

If you're a kid, ChessKid.com is absolutely the place you should be playing! ChessKid.com is specifically designed to be a safe and fun place for kids. The website is kid-friendly and easy to navigate. Lessons and videos are short, engaging and fun! ChessKid.com considers online safety our #1 prior...

What age range is ChessKid designed for?

ChessKid is a site designed just for kids! Every student learns at a different pace. In general, ChessKid's content and format is designed for kids up to age 13, but even older kids can benefit from the site. ChessKid.com is created for students from absolute beginners up to a chess rating of ab...

Is there a ChessKid app?

Yes! A free app is available for both iOS (Apple) and Android devices.

I have a premium Chess.com membership, do benefits apply to ChessKid too?

Chess.com and ChessKid.com have different content, and memberships operate separately. While you may already have an account on Chess.com, you will need to create a new account on ChessKid.com and the premium memberships function separately on each site.

Who owns and operates Chesskid.com?

ChessKid.com is the scholastic extension site of Chess.com. The company Chess.com LLC (which owns ChessKid.com) is operated by PoppaBear (IM Danny Rensch), FunMasterMike (FM Mike Klein), and Bojan, senior ChessKid programmer. We wanted to create a safe, fun place where kids would be able to learn ...

I didn’t receive the activation email, how can I activate my account?

Please check your spam folder to make sure that the email didn’t get caught by a filter. If you still haven’t received your activation email, please send a message to our support staff here. Be sure to choose the "ChessKid" category from the drop-down options.

Are Usernames case sensitive? Are Passwords case sensitive?

Usernames are NOT case sensitive. Passwords ARE case sensitive (so choose something that'll be easy to type!)

How do ratings work? Does the site link to my USCF (or other international) rating?

ChessKid.com maintains both a chess rating and a puzzles rating for each account. Ratings on the site are independent from any official rating system. However, the more a student plays on the site, the more his/her rating should approximate his/her real rating. Chess ratings start at 600 for kids, a...

What is a tie break?

Tie break scores are used in the event that two members finish in a tournament with the same score. Below is an example of how the tie breaking system works: Group # -- 1 2 3 Points Tie Break 1. Bob X ...